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Officials in Dublin, Ireland have warned about a number of cases of mumps in the Dublin area recently, including some of the schools.

mumpsDr. David McGrath, Director of College Health Service at Trinity College wrote there had been some cases of mumps at the college over the past week or so.

“I would encourage all of our College Community to check that they have had two MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) Vaccines and to make an appointment for vaccination either at College Health or with their own GP if they are not protected, he said. I would recommend that all students check their childhood vaccination history with their family GP.”

Last month, the Ireland HSE issued a letter concerning a case of mumps in a student at Blackrock College.

Mumps is a viral infection.  Symptoms include fever, headache, and swelling of cheek and jaw.  Meningitis (inflammation of the covering of the brain) can occur but usually resolves without problems.  More rarely encephalitis (inflammation of the brain itself) and deafness can occur.  In adolescent and adult males mumps can cause inflammation of the testicles (orchitis). Children are infectious for up to 7 days before the cheek swelling appears and remain infectious for 5 days after symptoms develop.